Friendly Water for the World Helps Bring Clean Water to Millions for Pennies

Nearly half the people on our planet do not have safe water to drink. Friendly Water for the World is a nonprofit organization, founded by Quakers, whose mission is to help expand access to low-cost clean water technologies, as well as information about health and sanitation, to people in need. They teach communities how to construct simple biosand water filters, which remove nearly 99% of all parasites, disease and water-borne pathogens.

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Beavers Help Clean Up Storm Damage in Northwest

In rural Eatonville Washington last week’s storm damage was so extreme that the local animal preserve, Northwest Trek Wildlife, has been forced to close until next month. The park is over 700 acres, and is home to hundreds of different creatures that are native to the Pacific Northwest. Everyone, including this industrious female beaver, is coming together to help clean up the destruction.

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Resilient Dorli Rainey Exemplifies Occupy Movement

This gripping iconic photo was taken two days ago by seattlepi.com photographer Joshua Trujillo at an OccupySeattle protest at Westlake Park. The image is of an 84 year old woman who has just been pepper sprayed by the police only moments before. Her eyes are red and swollen, seared with dripping chemicals and painful tears.

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Help OlyKraut Grow: Investing in Our Local Food System

Much in the same manner that OlyKraut supports and reaches out to many small local farmers in the area, the burgeoning food business is now seeking help from each of you to be able to grow their young company. Sash and Summer have just created a short video to explain why raw fermented vegetables are so very important for our diet, as well as what their growing business now needs in order to thrive.

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Seattle Protesters Occupy Chase Bank

Many local activists were arrested on Wednesday while occupying a Chase Bank in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Many innocent protesters were pepper-sprayed and maced by police while attempting to peacefully demonstrate and passively resist being arrested by the officers.

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10 Most Climate-Ready Cities in the U.S.?

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D. recently came up with a methodology to rank large cities in the U.S. based on how much they are preparing for or trying to counter climate change. He then went on to create and publish a top 10 list of the most “climate-ready” cities. While I think the term “climate-ready” is sort of a mistake, since he focuses more on efforts to stop climate change not adapt to it (which is what I would assume “climate-readiness” would be about), I think the overall idea and methodology looks great.

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Save Western Washington’s Beloved Yard Bird!

One of the most memorable things about Yard Birds was their giant goofy bird mascot. Scores of human-sized black bird sculptures with yellow beaks were strategically placed all along the interstate to promote the store, and two massive Yard Birds were constructed for the original Chehalis location.

The giant Yard Birds became cultural landmarks as they welcomed each customer, and graced the entrance to the general store with their unique and distinctive presence. Sadly, the massive upright Yard Bird was destroyed decades ago in a fire, but the huge nesting Yard Bird sculpture still exists. However, the aging public artwork is now greatly in need of extensive repair.

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Olympia Loves Planned Parenthood

Although our nation’s budget struggle is over for the moment, the extreme right’s repeated rabid attacks on Planned Parenthood funding have generated some unexpected consequences. All federal money for the vital health agency has remained in our national budget; but the republicans’ obsession with restricting abortion access, as well as ongoing threats from anti-abortion fringe groups, have now only served to greatly increase both public support and donations for Planned Parenthood.

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First Bike Sharing Program in U.S. without Bike Stations?

  “A small start-up near Washington, D.C. has started what it calls ‘the first stationless smart bike sharing program in North America.’ And all it took to get the system up and running was some bikes, U-locks and mobile phones.” That’s the intro to an interesting story on TheCityFix. It’s an in-depth piece on how three students from the University of Maryland, College Park had the vision of creating a super bike-sharing program on their campus but were thwarted by bureaucracy,…

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Why Streetcars are Important (& Cool)

Almost 50 years ago, streetcars in Washington, D.C. stopped running and most of their tracks were removed. Now they’re back and ready for a revival, with parts of the first two lines slated to open next spring. In this post, we talk to Dan Tangherlini, the former DDOT director under Mayor Anthony Williams, who committed to building one of the first two lines, about why streetcars matter for the nation’s capital. That’s the intro to a great piece on The City Fix, The Case…

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Over 30% of San Francisco Households Now Car-Free

New data out in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency 2010 Transportation Fact Sheet shows that the number of car-free households in San Francisco has climbed a little bit recently, bringing the percentage of car-free households in this progressive city above 30%. Yes, an increase from 29.8% to 30.3% isn’t huge, but you know how we all love factors of 10. And I think this overall percentage is something worth praising. Although, hopefully the city can increase this number more significantly…

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